Before I became a mum I always pictured myself in the kitchen with my children baking. I love to bake and it’s something that I would love to pass onto my children.
As soon as Alice was old enough I started baking with her, I think her first attempt was a chocolate cake for daddy. She loved it from day one and it became something that we did regularly. Since Holly arrived we haven’t done as much baking as I would like, having two children makes like a lot more busy and hectic. But, we would still make sure we did it every couple of weeks while Holly was napping.
With Alice on half term recently, it was a great opportunity to bake with her. With Easter coming up and all the lovely Easter eggs in the shop, it only seemed right that we made an Easter cake. Of course Alice then thought it was actually Easter and wondered where her egg was! But I explained that this can be a practice cake.
Over the years I’ve always wanted to capture these moments, send a picture to daddy to let him know we are baking him another cake. To capture the look of happiness that Alice has when she is doing something she loves.
And to also capture her creations. As Alice has got older I try really hard to not take over, to let her imagination be free. To see past the mess and the fact that the eggs are not all neatly in a row.
Taking photos of food is not something that I would say I am expert on, but here is a bit of advice for capturing those moments…
- You don’t always need to have your child’s face in the photo, it’s great to see what they are actually creating as well.
- I found that by doing the decorating of the cake over on the table, it gives you more space to work with. Plus you don’t have all the mess from the baking in your photo.
- Try and get as much natural light as you can.
- Think about how you display your food, this can make a real difference too.
- Of course you need to make sure you capture that all important photo of your child holding their finished cake.
- And the tip that you need most of all, keep your camera in the camera case when you are not using it. No one wants to see it end up covered in flour! If you are on the look out for somewhere safe to store your camera, take a look at The Case Farm.
Do you like to bake with your children? Any tips for capturing those moments, I would love to hear them…
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post